Born in Mumbai India, migrated to USA in 1974, became Naturalized US Citizen in 1981. He had a brilliant academic career, standing First in Science/Math subjects in Gujarat State SSC exam, 1964. At MS University, Baroda; he stood First in PreMedical, 1st,2nd Final MBBS, as well as MD Medicine with Gold Medals in all the subjects. After coming to USA, he obtained MD in Medicine (Uni of Illinois), MD in Medical Oncology (Northwestern Uni Med School), MD in Hematology (Rush Uni Medical School).He is currently Medical Director of the Cancer Institute, Methodist Hospitals, Clin Asst Prof of Medicine at Indiana University Medical School, Secretary and former President of the Medical Licensing Board of the State of Indiana (since year 2000). He has been the President of the Medical Staff, Chairman of the Medical Executive Committee, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Methodist Hospitals. He also serves on the advisory board of the Indiana University School of Business. He also serves on the Medical Advisory Panels for US Senators and Congressmen.
Public service is the 2nd hobby of Dr Barai. He has received numerous community service awards in last 30 years for his voluntary services to the local communities. He is a Trustee and former President of The Federation of Indian American Associations (FIA) Chicago land area .Founding member and Former Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Manav Seva Mandir, a large Hindu temple in Chicago land area, Trustee of the Hindu Temple of Greater Chicago, Trustee of the Indian American Cultural Center NW Indiana and many Indian American organizations. He is currently Chairman of the Board of Trusttes of Indian American Cultural Center.
He believes in social responsibility and has served communities to improve health care education and services. He served as voluntary Medical Director of Sickle Cell Foundation of NW Indian for the Children of Gary, IN; served as a director of the American Cancer Society, NW Indiana for public education and cancer screening. He has spoken at many Churches, Temples, Senior citizens meeting on health care. He has organized and donated his time/money for health care camps for people without health care insurance (new immigrants, indigent citizens). He has organized meetings to raise resources when natural disasters have struck: Asian Tsunami, Hurricane Katrina, Earthquake in India, Earthquake in Haiti.
As a medical student in India, he volunteered in health care camps and blood collection drives; sponsored by the Red Cross, Lions Club and Rotary Clubs for poor people in villages. After coming to USA, he has taken keen interest in improving sanitation facilities in India. In last 15 years, working with National Sanitation Improvement foundation of India and IDF, he has donated large sums to build Sanitation facilities at public places and for people who are poor, homeless, living in Ghettos. He has worked with Ekal Vidyalaya, the largest NGO in India to provide basic education and healthcare to Tribal children in remote villages. In last 10 years, Barai family has sponsored over 50 Schools in Tribal villages. Dr Barai has been very active in promoting India US relations. He has worked with several Indian Ambassadors, Indian Consul Generals in Chicago and elected US Officials towards this goal. He has co hosted many Indian leaders when they visit Chicago and has accompanied some US elected officials when they visit India. He was part of the NRI delegation that accompanied President Clinton during his State visit to India.
In 2008, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh gave a special commendation to Dr Barai for his efforts with US Congress for successful conclusion of Indo-US civil Nuclear Treaty.
Dr Bharat Barai is deeply Honored and Humbled to receive the “Ellis Island Medal of Honor” on May 11, 2013; a highly Prestigious Civilian Honor in USA.
In 2014, Dr Bharat Barai was the lead person and President of the Indian American Community Foundation, that organized the legendary reception for Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Madison Square Garden..
On January 9, 2017, President of India Pranav Mukerjee gave Bharatiya Pravasi Divas Sanman Award to Dr Bharat Barai for exceptional Community Services.
In March 2017, India’s Minister of External Affairs, Mrs Sushma Swaraj appointed Dr Bharat Barai as a Trustee for India Development Foundation of Overseas Indiana (IDF-OI), he served in that position till 2018.
In 2018, The Prime Minister of India appointed him to the selection committee for 2019 Pravasai Bharatiya Diwas Awards !
The life story of Dr. Bharat Barai and his wife Dr. Panna Barai as successful immigrants to USA is featured in the United States National Museum of Immigration (Recent Immigration section) on the Ellis Island, next to the Statue of Liberty in New YorkView our whole team